AirAsia joins fleet at Changi Airport as Singapore–Kuala Lumpur route gains added impetus – 01/02/08
Source: ©The Moodie Report
By Melody Ng
SINGAPORE. Singapore Changi Airport welcomed AirAsia’s inaugural flight to Singapore today. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it is the first new airline to join the Changi fleet this year.
Flight AK123 arrived at Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 from Kuala Lumpur at 10.55am.
Guests onboard the maiden flight, including AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, were warmly received at a welcome ceremony organised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
AirAsia’s commencement of services between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur follows the agreement between Singapore and Malaysia in November last year to open up the route to low-cost carriers from both countries.
(Left) Gift exchange between CAAS and AirAsia: CAAS Director of Airport Management Foo Sek Min (left) and AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Dato' Tony Fernandes; (Right) Cheers to success: (from left) Dato' Tony Fernandes, Foo Sek Min, Thai AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tassapon Bijleveld, AirAsia Chairman Dato' Pahamin bin Ab. Rajab, and AirAsia Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer Dato' Kamarudin bin Meranun, with AirAsia's crew
AirAsia will operate 28 weekly scheduled flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia’s twice daily flights will arrive in Singapore at 1055hrs and 2055hrs and depart for Kuala Lumpur at 1130hrs and 2140hrs.
Besides AirAsia, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia also commenced operations on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur sector today. This brings the total weekly scheduled passenger flights between the two cities to 254.
CAAS Director-General and CEO Lim Kim Choon said: “The launch of AirAsia’s services comes at an opportune time when passenger traffic between Malaysia and Singapore is strong, with close to 2.5 million passengers movements carried between the two countries in 2007. This number is set to grow further with the complete liberalisation of the Singapore–Kuala Lumpur route in December 2008.
“I therefore encourage AirAsia to capitalise on this momentum by growing its presence in Singapore. I also look forward to further liberalisation of the Singapore–Malaysia Air Services Agreement which will then pave the way for new services between Singapore and cities in Malaysia,” he added.
With the addition of AirAsia and the commencement of flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Changi Airport is now served by 82 scheduled airlines, operating 4,390 weekly scheduled flights to 189 cities in 59 countries.
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